Automation

We are at the leading edge of a great displacement where low-skill workers will be replaced en masse by robots, without then being resettled in new jobs. Following already established trends, manufacturing will continue to become solely the domain of automated machines. As that occurs, other jobs, like truck drivers, clerical staff, food preparers/servers, etc., will increasingly see functions fulfilled by robots.

This will drastically decrease the total number of available low-skill jobs. Before, if any one company or industry hemorrhaged these kinds of jobs, these workers could be picked in other industries. Now, however, those fall-back positions being filled by robots.

This puts us in a situation where we are facing rapid, widespread job displacement with few, if any, prospects for those being displaced. This does not bode well for the social stability and maintenance of English ordered liberty that has been enjoyed by the Anglosphere in recent centuries. If the French and Russian revolutions teach us anything, it’s that destitute, angry, prospect-less denizens of the lower class will have their pound of flesh one way or another. It would be prudent if we took measures to retard the rate and narrow the scope of automation so that society can have time to adapt to the changes that are coming.

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Friday Five: 5

We Abandon Social Conservatism at Our Own Peril

By Carlos Flores at Public Discourse. Fiscal conservatives, don’t be too quick to move on from social issues; they have fiscal impacts.

Our State Religion

By “Johnny” at Granola Shotgun. This one is not actually about religion, but what is the state’s “religion?” Read to see.

Pronouns, Ordinary People, and the War over Reality

By Anthony Esolen, also at Public Discourse. (The Witherspoon Institute provides quality content, I must say.) This piece brings to mind Solzhenitsyn’s admonishment to “live not by lies.”

I’m An English Major Who Just Got Fired As A Barista. Here’s Where I Went Wrong

By David Breitenbeck at The Federalist. He cautions against going to college without a clear understanding of why you’re going. As someone who is currently enrolled at Georgia Tech, I concur with his assessment.

The Sentimentality Trap

This is an excellent essay on poetry and the temptation towards sentimality by Benjamin Myers via First Things. A though-provoking line:

“Sentimentality is really a form of that deadly heresy of Gnosticism, which prefers airy spiritualization to God’s actual creation.”